Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Prospect Robin frenzy, winter showups

My work day began and ended with a frenzy of AMERICAN ROBIN.As I walked from the picnic house parking lot where I parked my car, I was greeted by a wave of robins coming up slope of the Sparrow bowl. Before  I left work,when I parked my work vehicle inside the Tennis House area, robins were busy, frenzily feeding and flipping up the leaf clutter on the south side fence. So I guess spring is making small movements, most noted in its robin migration.

While watching the days end robin gluttony festival, I was delighted seeing a BROWN CREEPER on one of the trees, hyper though going to different trees ,like it wants to outdo the robins eating frenzy.

The creeper is one of those late winter transients , and some movement of chickadees,titmouse, and nuthatch were noted in a small number, these species mostly absent most of prospect's winter ,puzzlingly.

However great with robins, creepers and chickadees, 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS is the best quality species for today; Rob Bate spotted 5 at east Nethermead Osage tree with the bar. Later, after hearing his report, I got over here and searched but didn't find them right away.But I did eventually, at least 4 of them in their typical gait ,feeding along the back shore of the Binnen Pool under the lone Austrian pine.They are showing their wonderful spring plumage, blacker with rusty tinges.

The lake continues to hold its hi light, but three merganser species at the same time is a rare trio to watch.COMMON ,RED BREASTED and HOODED MERGANSERs together makes it a pursuit worth getting out in the cold blast...but spring isn't too far off.

Of course, from my coworker's day end report of 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS with those robins again, in the berry laden Hawthorne tree in front of the Litchfield Villa, I would definitely go see that!

NYC Bird Report

date = 2014/02/25
site = Prospect Park observers = PeterD

Northern Shoveler
American Black Duck
 Canada Goose 107
Red-breasted Merganser drake lake
Hooded Merganser mix pair lake
Common Merganser hen lake
 Ruddy Duck 7 lake
Mute Swan 6
 Mallard over 85 lake
Red-tailed Hawk Butterfly meadow
 American Coot 15 lake
Ring-billed Gull Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
 Mourning Dove Blue Jay 4 Binnen pool
Brown Creeper tennis house south fence
American Robin easily 65 south slope tennis house
Cedar Waxwing 30 lichfield villa,mary keerbauch
White-throated Sparrow 4 feeders
Song Sparrow 2 feeders
 Fox Sparrow feeders
 Northern Cardinal 5 quaker cemetery
 Red-winged Blackbird 3 feeders
 Common Grackle 4 parade grounds
 Rusty Blackbird 5 binnen pool,showing more breeding plmg
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow 2 feeders

From Rob Bate

I walked from GAP through to Lakeside. The Vale area had a large flock of Robins, many were drinking at a patch of water in the Vale. The 5 continuing Rusty Blackbirds at the woods around the Osage Orange Tree in the Nethermead are getting blacker as they molt for spring. There was a large flock of Red-wings on Breeze Hill. Song Sparrows, Cardinals, Red-wings were all singing today.

29 species

Canada Goose X
Mallard 25
Red-tailed Hawk 2
 Ring-billed Gull X
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
Mourning Dove 6
 Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
 Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 6
Black-capped Chickadee 1
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Carolina Wren 1
 American Robin 100
European Starling 10
Cedar Waxwing 1
Fox Sparrow 1
 Song Sparrow 5
 White-throated Sparrow 5
Dark-eyed Junco 4
Northern Cardinal 10
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Rusty Blackbird 5 Our continuing group, molting into their blacker plumage
 Common Grackle 3 House Finch 1
American Goldfinch 8
House Sparrow X